Andy Farrell

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Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton dejected after defeat in Cardiff. ‘The frustrations are real. You can see it on senior players’ faces.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Doubt has forever been the nemesis of confidence. Steve Hansen’s comment from November came into my mind last Saturday in Cardiff. Steve was very ser(...)

 Saturday’s clash in Cardiff will mark Joe Schmidt’s 30th and last Six Nations game as Ireland’s head coach, and also Warren Gatland’s 50th and last for Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland appear to have drawn something of a short straw again. Playing England first-up they ran into a hugely motivated team who’d had a fortnight t(...)

A dejected France’s Demba Bamba after the Six Nations game against Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The carnage continued over the weekend and we are now almost becoming immune to it. Already suffering something of an injury crisis, including the in(...)

Garry Ringrose has started to take a leadership role for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leaders Ryan and Ringrose Leaders are made not born, so they say, but James Ryan looks to be bucking that trend as well as everything else. He always(...)

 ‘Jordan Larmour is clearly a broken-field runner to put fear into any defence’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

To distil the difference between the sides at the Aviva Stadium yesterday just examine Keith Earls’s try. An Irish lineout with yet more variety got t(...)

Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England remain the only northern hemisphere country to have won the Rugby World Cup, and their 2003 success is therefore seen as something of a templa(...)

Sean O’Brien at an Ireland Rugby press conference in Carton House, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There were a number of considerations that informed Seán O’Brien’s decision to sign a three-year contract to join London Irish after this year’s Rugby(...)

Sean O’Brien: “That’s all up in the air but afterwards, I’d hope to be still in the mix if possible and fit.”

Seán O’Brien admitted that he “shed a few tears” when he made the decision to leave Leinster and take up a three-year contract offer from London Irish(...)

Andy Farrell is set to take over from Joe Schmidt following the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Joe Schmidt steps down as Ireland coach after the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year, Andy Farrell will take over. But to Farrell it’s a d(...)

Jonathan Sexton talks to forwards coach Simon Easterby during Friday’s training session at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton took a full part in the opening training session at the Aviva stadium against the Ireland Under-20s, showing no ill effects after failin(...)

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